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Battle Mountain Huskies soccer falls at Niwot, season wraps up

NIWOT — Not every season can end in the final at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Battle Mountain has been very fortunate in that regard having played on Colorado's grandest stage in two of the last six years (2012 and 2016), but there will be no repeat trip.

The No. 14-ranked Huskies fell in Round 2 of the state playoffs to No. 3 Niwot, 3-2, on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

"We had them on the ropes in the end, and I think they were pretty happy to get out of there with a win," Huskies coach David Cope said.

Comeback falls short

After a scoreless first half, Niwot broke the seal. Battle Mountain answered with a Jorge Membreno free kick. The Cougars built a 3-1 lead late, but the Huskies kept charging. Despite losing a defender to two yellow cards, Juan Macias pulled the Huskies to within 3-2 with four minutes remaining.

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"Down two goals and one man, we were able to score which says a lot about the quality of the group," Cope said.

It was a tough night for most of the 4A Western Slope as only No. 4 Montrose advanced to the quarterfinals. The Classical Academy beat Steamboat Springs, 4-0, while Durango bowed to Skyline, 1-0.

Whatever the ending for Battle Mountain, the Huskies had another banner year, winning its third consecutive 4A Slope title.

With a record of 14-3, the Huskies' only losses were to teams who advanced to the Round of 16 of the state playoffs.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, cfreud@vaildaily.com and @cfreud.